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«EDUCATION 1996-2005 Yale University - Ph.D., Philosophy (2005). Dissertation The Metaphysics of Substance and the Metaphysics of Thought in Spinoza. ...»

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Yitzhak Y. Melamed

Curriculum Vitae (01.06.2012)

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1996-2005 Yale University - Ph.D., Philosophy (2005). Dissertation The Metaphysics of Substance and the Metaphysics of

Thought in Spinoza. Advisor: Professor Michael Della Rocca (Philosophy, Yale University).

1996-2000 Yale University - M. Phil. in Philosophy, June 2000.

1992-1996 Tel Aviv University - M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science, Summa cum laude. Master's thesis: The Liar Paradox, Sentence Construction, and the atemporality of Logic.

1991-1995 Tel Aviv University - B.A.-M.A. Program, The Elkana-Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students. Main fields of study: Philosophy, Neuropsychology, and Mathematics.

1990-1991 Tel Aviv University - B.A. Studies, Psychology and Philosophy.


Early Modern Philosophy; Kant and German Idealism.


Metaphysics (primarily, tropes, mereology and time); 19th Century Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy; History & Philosophy of Science.


2010- Johns Hopkins University. Associate Professor (tenured). Department of Philosophy.

2008-2010 Johns Hopkins University. Assistant Professor (tenure-track). Department of Philosophy.

Courses taught: “Spinoza’s Metaphysics”; “History of Modern Philosophy”; “Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise”; “Spinoza and German Idealism” (co-taught with Eckart Förster); “Topics in Metaphysics: Mereology”; “Spinoza and the Pantheism Controversy” (co-taught with Eckart Förster).

February 2008 Competing tenure-track job offers: University of Pittsburgh (Philosophy); Ohio State University (Philosophy); University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Philosophy).

2005-2008 University of Chicago. Assistant Professor (tenure-track). Department of Philosophy Courses taught: “Spinoza’s Metaphysics” (co-taught with Jean-Luc Marion); “Spinoza’s Theological- Political Treatise”; “The Principle of Sufficient Reason in Early Modern and Contemporary Metaphysics”;

“Spinoza’s Ethics – Part II”; “Individuation and the Identity of Indiscernibles”; “History of Modern Philosophy”; “Spinoza’s Metaphysics: Ethics – Part I”; “Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities – Part 1 (Ancient Philosophy)” (core curriculum course); ”; “Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities – Part 2 (Early Modern Philosophy)”; “Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities – Part 3 (19th and 20th Century Philosophy)”; “Workshop: Early Modern Philosophy (advanced graduate studies).” 2004-2005 New York University. Instructor. Departments of Jewish Studies/Philosophy Course designed and taught: Spinoza and Medieval Philosophy, Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise and Its Aftermath Spring 2002 Wesleyan University. Visiting Instructor. Department of Philosophy.

Designed and taught a mid-level course: Philosophy of Religion.

1998-2003 Yale University. Teaching Fellow, Department of Philosophy.

Led discussions on relevant philosophical issues and graded papers and examinations.

Courses: "Introduction to Philosophy"; "Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant"; "Ethics";

“Death”; “Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason”.


ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars. 2011-12. Project: “Spinoza and German Idealism: A Metaphysical Dialogue” National Endowment for the Humanities - NEH Fellowship 2011-12. Project: “Spinoza and German Idealism: A Metaphysical Dialogue” Humboldt Fellowship for Experience Researchers (2011-2014). Project: “Spinoza and German Idealism: A Metaphysical Dialogue” M ellon Postdoctoral Fellowship - Johns Hopkins University (2005-7). Research project: “Spinoza’s Critique of Humanism: Untaming the Shrew”. (Not used due to acceptance of tenure-track position at the University of Chicago).

National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH grant to attend the Summer Institute: “The Intersection of Philosophy, Science and Theology in the Seventeenth Century” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 2004).

American Academy for Jewish Research. Post-Doctoral Fellowship to NYU. 2003-2005. Research Project: “The Medieval Background of Spinoza’s Metaphysics”.

North American Kant Society – Pacific Seminar. Graduate Student Travel Prize. Nov. 2003.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library - Yale University. Summer Research Fellowship. 2002. Research Project: “Eighteenth Century Anti-Spinozism”.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Franz Rosenzweig Research Center. Summer Research Fellowship. 1999.

Fulbright Fellowship (to Yale University). 1996-1998.


(Note: Items marked as ‘forthcoming’ are accepted and submitted in final version to the press/journal and available upon request, while those marked as ‘in preparation’ are either just commissioned, or still in draft form).


Spinoza’s Metaphysics of Substance and Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press: forthcoming 2012).

Spinoza Dictionary (Oxford: Blackwell, in preparation and under contract).

Edited Volumes:

Spinoza and German Idealism, eds. Eckart Förster and Yitzhak Y Melamed (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press).

Eternity, ed. Yitzhak Melamed, a volume in the new series in the history of philosophy: Oxford Historical Concepts (General editor: Christia Mercer), (Oxford: Oxford University Press). In preparation and under contract.

Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide, eds. Yitzhak Melamed and Michael Rosenthal (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).


“Eternity in Modern Philosophy” in Y. Melamed (ed.) Eternity, a volume in the new series in the history of philosophy, Oxford Historical Concepts (Oxford: Oxford University Press). In preparation.

“Time” in Aaron Garrett (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Eighteenth Century Philosophy (London: Routledge). In preparation.

“Spinoza, Benedict,” Oxford Bibliographies Online (www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com), Oxford University Press. In preparation.

“ ‘Omnis determinatio est negatio’ – Determination, Negation and Self-Negation in Spinoza, Kant, and Hegel” in Eckart Förster and Yitzhak Melamed (eds.), Spinoza and German Idealism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

“Why is Spinoza not an Eleatic Monist (Or Why Diversity Exists)” in Philip Goff (ed.), Spinoza on Monism (London:

Palgrave, 2012), 206-22.

“The Sirens of Elea: Rationalism, Idealism and Monism in Spinoza” in Antonia LoLordo and Stewart Duncan (eds.), The Key Debates of Modern Philosophy (New York and London: Routledge). Forthcoming.

“The Building Blocks of Spinoza's Metaphysics: Substance, Attributes, and Modes” in Michael Della Rocca (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Spinoza (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Forthcoming.

“Spinoza’s Metaphysics of Thought: Parallelisms and the Multifaceted Structure of Ideas,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, forthcoming.

“Spinoza’s Deification of Existence”, Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 6 (2011), forthcoming.

“Inherence, Causation, and Conceivability in Spinoza” Journal of the History of Philosophy, forthcoming, July 2012.

“Spinoza, Tschirnhaus et Leibniz: Qu’est un monde?“ in Pierre-François Moreau, Raphaële Andrault, and Mogens Laerke (eds.), Spinoza et Leibniz (Paris: Ecole Normale Superieure Editions, 2012). Forthcoming.

“’Christus secundum spiritum’: Spinoza, Jesus, and the Infinite Intellect” Neta Stahl (ed.), The Jewish Jesus (New York: Routledge, 2012), 140-151.

“Two Letters by Salomon Maimon on Fichte’s Philosophy, Kant’s Anthropology and Mathematics,” International Yearbook of German Idealism 9 (2011).

“« Et revera » : Spinoza, Maïmonide et la signification du Tétragramme» in Frédéric Manzini (ed.) Spinoza et les scolastiques (Paris: PUPS 2011), 133-47.

“The Metaphysics of Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise”, in Melamed and Rosenthal (eds.), Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 128-42.

"The Principle of Sufficient Reason", The Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL= http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/sufficient-reason/.(Co-author: Martin Lin).

“Acosmism or Weak Individuals? Hegel, Spinoza, and the Reality of the Finite”, Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (2010), 77-92.

“Spinoza’s Anti-Humanism: An Outline” in Carlos Fraenkel, Dario Perinetti, and Justin Smith (eds.) The Rationalists (Kluwer – New Synthese Historical Library: 2010), 147-66.

“Spinoza’s Metaphysics of Substance: The Substance-Mode Relation as a Relation of Inherence and Predication”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (78:1) January 2009, 17-82.

“Salomon Maimon et l’échec de la philosophie juive moderne,” Revue germanique internationale 9 (2009) (Haskala et Aufklärung – Philosophes juifs des Lumières allemandes), 175-87.

“Crescas, Hasdai” in Judith Baskin (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 120-121.

“Inherence and the Immanent Cause in Spinoza”, The Leibniz Review 16 (2006), 43-52.

“Hegelianism”, The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, Maryanne Cline Horowitz (ed.) (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004). (Co-author: Peter Thielke).

"Salomon Maimon and the Rise of Spinozism in German Idealism", Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (January 2004), 67-96.

"Salomon Maimon", The Stanford Online Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL= http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/maimon/ (co-author: Peter Thielke). January 2002. Thoroughly revised July 2007.

“Leaving the Wound Visible: Hegel and Marx on the Rabble and the Problem of Poverty in Modern Society”, Iyyun - The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly, January 2001, 23-39.

“The Exact Science of Non-Beings: Spinoza's View of Mathematics", Iyyun - The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly 49, January 2000, 3-22


Review of Michael Mack, Spinoza and the Specters of Modernity (Continuum: 2010), European Journal of Philosophy.


Review of David J. Wertheim, Salvation through Spinoza: A Study in Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany (Leiden; Brill, 201).

Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. In preparation.

Review of Wiep van Bunge, Henri Krop, Jeroen M.M. van de Ven, and Piet Steenbakkers (eds.), Continuum Companion to Spinoza (London: Continuum, 2011) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. November 18th 2011.

Review of Michah Gottlieb, Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn's Theological-Political Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). Journal of Religion. Forthcoming.

Review of Michael LeBuffe, From Bondage to Freedom: Spinoza on Human Excellence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Leibniz Review 2011, 39-45.

Review of Yirmiyahu Yovel, The Other Within: The Marranos: Split Identity and Emerging Modernity (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009). Journal of Modern History 83 (2011), 198-200.

Review of Walter Ott, Causation & Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

Archiev für Geschichte der Philosophie (2011), 246-8.

Review of Frédéric Manzini. Spinoza: Une Lecture d’Aristote (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2009). Journal of the History of Philosophy. January 2011.

Review of Eric Nelson, The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought, (Harvard UP,

2010) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Sept. 16th, 2010.

Review of Salomon Maimon, Essay on Transcendental Philosophy, translated by Nick Midgley, Henry Somers-Hall, Alistair Welchman and Merten Reglitz (London: Continuum, 2010). Times Literary Supplement. Sept. 17th, 2010.

Review of Michael Quante, Hegel’s Concept of Action (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). The Philosophical Review. October 2010. Co-Author: Oded Schechter.

Review of Michael Ayers (ed.), Rationalism, Platonism, and God (Oxford University Press/British Academy, 2007) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. February, 24th, 2009.

Review of Abraham P. Socher, The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon Maimon: Judaism, Heresy, and Philosophy (Stanford University Press 2006). Journal of Religion. January 2008.

Review of Graeme Hunter, Radical Protestantism in Spinoza's Thought (Burlington: Ashgate, 2005). Journal of the History of Philosophy 45. April 2007. 333-4.

Review of Steven Nadler, Spinoza’s Ethics – An Introduction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). Ethics. April 2007.

Review of H. B. Nisbet (ed.), Lessing: Philosophical and Theological Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2005) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. February 10th, 2006.

Review of Carraud, Vincent, Causa sive ratio: La Raison de la cause de Suarez à Leibniz (Paris: Presses universitaires de France,

2002) in The Leibniz Review 15 (December 2005), 163-8.

Review of Salomon Maimon, Versuch über die Transzendentalphilosophie, ed. Florian Ehrensperger (Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, 2004). Journal of the History of Philosophy 43. July 2005.

Review of Buzaglo, Meir, “Solomon Maimon: Monism, Skepticism and Mathematics” (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002). Iyyun - The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly, July 2003, 344-48.

Review of Ravven, Heidi M. and Lenn E. Goodman (eds.), “Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy” (Albany: SUNY Press, 2002). Journal of the History of Philosophy vol. 41 (July 2003), 417-18.


“Hegel on Negation.” A paper to be presented in a workshop on Hegel’s methodology organized by Taiwan’s National Science Committee. Spring 2013, Taipe.

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